One Direction Prepping Album For Christmas Release?

One Direction fans should make some room under the tree, because the boys are planning to deliver their third album by Christmas.

That’s according to member Louis Tomlinson, who told England’s Daily Star that they’ve already been hard at work on the follow-up to last year’s Take Me Home.

“We’ve already started recording the album, we started about a month ago,” Tomlinson said. “We’ve been writing and recording it while on tour. We are really happy with it.

 We don’t want to rush it but it will be out for Christmas.”

Singer Emeli Sande eyes U.S. market after setting UK chart record

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Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande scored a new chart record on Sunday with her debut album after a stellar year in Britain that has paved the way for her next challenge – the U.S. market.

Sande smashed a record held for nearly 50 years by The Beatles when her debut album, “Our Version of Events”, hit its 63rd week in the top 10 of the UK album charts, according to the Official Charts Company.

The Beatles previously held the record for the debut album spending the most consecutive weeks in the top 10 with “Please Please Me” racking up 62 weeks in 1963 and 1964.

“It feels quite surreal to even have your name mentioned in the same sentence as The Beatles,” Sande, 26, told Reuters television.

“For a record to stay there for so long it means that people have connected with it so that’s how I’m enjoying celebrating this record.”

The release of “Our Version Of Events” in February 2012 kicked off a year of successes for Sande who sang at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics and won best British female artist and best album at the BRIT Awards.

Taylor Swift, Fun. To Fight Adele At Billboard Awards

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While Taylor Swift, Fun. and Maroon 5 are all the top nominees at the upcoming Billboard Awards with 11 nods each, music lovers might be surprised by the staying power of Adele and her February 2011 album release 21.

Two years after dropping her unstoppable sophomore album, the singer finds herself up for a handful of awards at the May 19 broadcast, including Top Billboard 200 album. Swift’s Red, Mumford & Sons’ Babel and One Direction‘s two 2012 album releases Take Me Home and Up All Night are all vying for that prize as well.

Adele will face off against more high-rollers in the Top Pop Album category. Maroon 5’s Overexposed, 1D’s two albums once again and Justin Bieber‘s Believe are all hoping to win. Read more

Justin Bieber, Drake Showered With Canadian Love At Juno Awards

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Carly Rae Jepsen proved Sunday night that her 2012 breakthrough single “Call Me Maybe” is still getting dialed up. The singer snatched up three prizes at the Juno Awards, even beating out fellow School Boy Records artist Justin Bieber in one category.

The 27-year-old’s inescapable hit won for Single of the Year and her 2012 album, Kiss, won for Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year at the Canadian music awards show. But Bieber hardly went home empty-handed. He was voted by his Beliebers to victory in the Juno Fan Choice Award category.

Shortly after her win, Jepsen wrote, “Wow- Pop Album of the YEAR! thejunoawards #JUNOawards I’m beaming! Thank you so much #KISS.”

‘The Voice’ Recap: Adam Levine, Usher Have Their Own Battle Round

If you thought the contestants had it difficult winning the approval of their judge on “The Voice,” imagine having to choose which overly persuasive superstar’s team to be part of right after being eliminated. It was one of the few highlights during night two of the show’s battle rounds on Tuesday night (April 16).

Team Adam kicked off the evening duels with country-strong competitors Michael Austin and Warren Stone, who were assigned Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” and took in a bulk of critiques Levine offered during rehearsals. But once they hit the boxing ring, it was smooth sailing. Shelton caught note of their performance ease, telling host Carson Daly later on that “both of them work” in their country styling. Asked whom he’d choose if this was his call, the hitmaker picked Austin over Stone. However, this was Levine’s decision and that meant that 43-year-old Austin needed to head on home.

Coachella Fans Brave Dust Storms For Wu-Tang Clan Reunion, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Acquiring the nickname “Blowchella” on its final day, the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was pummeled by strong winds Sunday as obsessive music fans converged on the Empire Polo Club fields.

Rivaling 2012’s “Coldchella,” the conditions led some festivalgoers to skip out early, while others rode it out, seeking shelter while squinting and covering their faces with bandanas, scarves and anything else they could find.

Wu-Tang Clan, who performed a 20th anniversary show, dubbed the blinding dust storm “Hurricane Wu,” and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis quipped, “I feel like I’m in ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ Read more

Korean rapper Psy releases single to follow “Gangnam” hit

 

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South Korean rapper Psy released his much-anticipated new single on Thursday hoping to repeat the success of “Gangnam Style” that made him the biggest star to emerge from the growing K-pop music scene.

The video for “Gangnam Style” has become the most watched item on YouTube with more than 1.5 billion hits and Psy’s horse-riding moves sparked an international dance craze.

The details of his latest single, “Gentleman”, were kept under wraps until the song was released at midnight in New Zealand (1200 GMT).

The song, with a techno beat, was full of puns in Korean and contained the lines “I am a party mafia!” and the refrain, “I am a mother father gentleman”.

Psy, 35, will perform “Gentleman” in public for the first time on Saturday at a concert at Seoul’s World Cup stadium but he has been coy about what dance to expect this time, except to hint that it is based on traditional Korean moves.

Lambert, Bryan lead Academy of Country Music award winners

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Singers Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan led the winners at the Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday, while leading nominees Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes came away empty-handed in a night honoring top achievers in country music.

Swift, 23, lost out on all five categories she was nominated in including Female Vocalist of the Year and the fan-voted Entertainer of the Year, a surprise for the country music favorite who won the award for the last two years. Read more

Nicki Minaj Ready To Re-Up On Singles, But Not Touring

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From a massive music career and clothing brand to a successful perfume line and being a judge on “American Idol,” it’s pretty easy to see that Nicki Minaj has a lot on her plate.

And that’s what happens when someone has transitioned from an “artist” to a “brand,” as Mack Maine said of Minaj during an appearance on “RapFix Live.” However, when you do become a “brand” artist, there sometimes aren’t enough days in the year to do everything one sets out to do, and unfortunately for Minaj, that means not hitting the road this year, for the first time since 2010.

“I don’t think I can. I really would love to,” Minaj said of not being able to tour. “But I don’t think I’ll have the time, because I’m also going to be launching a few products this year that I’m really going to have to lend myself to the clothing line, I have a drink that’s about to come out and these new speakers that you guys are going to see a commercial for this week or next week. So I have a lot of things that the business side of me has to work on, and I also want to be here so I can write. I obviously am going to start working on the third album very, very soon. I’m getting beats as we speak. I just haven’t started writing, but that’s my biggest priority at this point.”

 

Selena Gomez Teases ‘Come & Get It’ From Sunny Indian Garden

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Selena Gomez is giving fans a little pre-weekend gift. The singer dropped 30-seconds of her single, “Come & Get it,” and it’s just as her previous clip teased: world music with a twist of Selena.

On Thursday evening, the MTV Movie Awards performer released the teaser on her website. Her voice soars, singing, “This love will be the death of me, but I know I’ll die happily/ I’ll know I’ll know I’ll know/ Because you love me so.” The mid-tempo, Stargate-produced track sounds heavily influenced by Indian music, complete with a slowed down beat and tabla drums.

In addition to offering up the listen, she also dropped a video along with it. In it, she wears a flowing dress, her hair long and wavy as she hangs around a sun-drenched garden.

Gomez will perform the song at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on April 14. And just days before Selena takes the stage in Culver City, she will premiere the song on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show April 8.

“Come & Get It” is the lead single off her summer album release. And while Gomez is singing about love on this song, as well as several others, “Rule The World” producer Jason Evigan assures fans she didn’t delve into her personal life for inspiration.